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an accidental visit to militant Iranian communists in Iraq - Totten [via MSpeak]
Totten is rather blinkered, insisting on dividing the world into "good" and "bad", but his firsthand report is interesting
amusing driving instructions - scroll down to step 33 - GoogleMaps
Hitler's conquest of Antarctica - StrangeMaps [via Barista]
"At the beginning of 1939, a Nazi expedition explored a hitherto uncharted area of the Antarctic. By foot and plane, the Nazis surveyed an area totaling 600.000 sq. km. They called it Neuschwabenland, or New Swabia."
Australia's new $360 million concentration camp - Crikey
a new dawn for Mauritania? - HH
life as a village water-controller in Afghanistan - SMH
erotica in the 18th century - Eureka [via CR]
"Jenny Skipp's three-year PhD study examined, catalogued and categorised every known erotic text published in eighteenth-century Britain"
in Rwanda, Kagame is trying to emulate Singapore - NYROB
conservative German politicians oppose the spread of English - DW
it's not just the French who get antsy about Anglicisms
Iraqi exile who pushed for invasion recants - Guardian
fresh-cooked home-delivered central European food in Sydney - ComfortFood
science fiction films are now assumed to be schlock - MSN [via /.]
what it's like receiving a National Security Letter - WP [via /.]
Nabokov translated Alice in Wonderland
into Russian - Kitabkhana
Singapore has been stealing bits of Indonesia - Australian [via Macam]
"At independence, Singapore was 581sqkm, it is now 650sqkm and plans to acquire another 100sqkm in the next 30 years. ... The government has been forced to draw on its strategic sand reserve"
improving impact measures of academic publications - Cosma
slow progress improving Beijing's air quality - Economist
background on the Garcia Marquez - Vargas Llosa feud - Independent [via Kit]
nice one bedroom apartments in Ulaanbaatar cost 33,000 pounds - PropFrontiers [via IHT]
parasites, symbionts and human history - NYT [via Barista]
"It was humans who infected pigs with tapeworms, not the other way around"
the US is supporting kidnapping and torture in Pakistan - Guardian
police save lobster from being eaten on stage - Guardian
Italian theatregoers outnumber football spectators!
what happens to the survivors of Israeli attacks - Guardian
Solzenitsyn is now silent about human rights in Russia - TLS
Pakistan is a bomb waiting to go off - FT [via CT]
"Gen Musharraf has provoked nationwide protests by unceremoniously suspending the chief justice of the Supreme Court"
a new film bizarrely idolizes Sparta - Toronto [via RW]
"Most Greeks would have traded homes in Athens for hovels in Sparta about as willingly as I would trade my apartment in Toronto for a condo in Pyongyang."
national identity and teaching history to children - Economist
game banned in Australia is easily bought online - SMH
GM's prototype hydrogen fuel cell car - NYT [via Accra]
the cost of the Iraq War to the US may exceed $2.5 trillion - NewStatesman [via AntiWar]
Baghdad's bookshop street has been bombed - WP [via CR]
the West's mistakes in Afghanistan - Asia
Romila Thapar talks about Indian historiography - UWash [mp3/Real/iTunes]
fruitcake anti-nature animal liberationists - HedWeb
they advocate using nanotechnology to exterminate all natural carnivores
an incredibly bland "top ten books" list - Kit
produced by averaging the responses of 125 "big-name authors"
New Zealand's novelist CK Stead - Guardian [via CR]
the phylogenetics of the yeti and sasquatch - Cosma
the less glamorous side of Oxford - Economist
European car-makers force reduction in EU emissions targets - DW
Denmark cracks down on autonomous squatters - Barista
an amusing look at Mankiw's "Ten Principles of Economics" - Improbable [via Cosma]
dozens dead after a 737 crashes in Yogyakarta - SMH
I've spent the day wrestling with wireless
wireless cards seem to be where ethernet cards were 15 years ago, when you had to wrestle with IRQs and drivers to get them to work
civilian houses in Afghanistan bombed, killing children - Independent
pretty much every man in the country owns an AK-47, so if that's a good enough pretext for killing families then anything goes
there are a lot of squid and they grow indefinitely - Pharyngula
the centre of world money-laundering? - the US - Forbes [via Schneier]
"the FBI estimates that anonymously held US shell companies have laundered $36 billion to date just from the former Soviet Union"
Chris Lightfoot has died - MySoc
I knew him as an entertaining blogger and ardent privacy campaigner
land rights for Israel's Bedouin? - HH
has Sydney's "rental crisis" been fabricated by the media? - ABC
Icelandic glaciers - oi [via referers]
Becoming Jane Austen - SMH
a film based on a biography that emphasizes her early affair with Lefroy
unlikely exotic photos from Britain - Guardian
Oz euthanasia advocate Philip Nitschke on his banned book - BannedMag
"A Wounded Marine Returns Home to Wed" - Majik
a controversial photo wins the 2007 World Press Prize
a 12-year old dies for lack of an $80 tooth extraction - WP [via Majik]
after $250,000 in medical expenses
will Al Gore start losing weight? - SMH
who actually works on the Linux kernel - LWN [via /.]
an interactive depiction of German demographics, 1951-2049 - DEstatis [needs SVG support]
visiting Moroccan mosques - Non-Arab
"Morocco is one of the few majority-Muslim countries in the world where non-Muslims are consistently not allowed into mosques."
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